Do you find yourself scrolling through your travel photos wistfully? You've got the travel blues, my friend. Combat them with these very creative online opportunities to connect with others around the world!
Who would have guessed this would be my last trip before the world turned upside down? Not me.
I am clearly so happy in this picture. I am 100% in my element: in a colorful and festive public place, surrounded by endless opportunities to meet other people and have new adventures. My definition of HEAVEN!!
People travel for so many reasons. What drives YOU to travel?
Is it to see famous landmarks and learn history? Is it to try different kinds of food and learn ways to prepare new dishes? Take a deep dive into a culture and become one with the locals? Is it to find a beautiful quiet beach to plop down on and read a book? Or maybe to see a live show, or to party and gamble? No no, I'm not judging!
Some dear friends of ours love birding. Therefore their travels are focused on places around the globe one can see rare bird breeds. Another couple does volunteer work wherever they are needed, so their vacations always take place in developing countries and piggy-back onto an already scheduled mission trip nearby.
You get my point. Basically, what I’m saying is, what brings me that “heavenly” feeling may not be (and probably isn’t) what brings you yours.
Many of us are feeling pretty disappointed right now – seriously, is there anything worse than canceling flights, hotels, and other travel reservations?? I've died a little bit inside. every. time.
But I’m discovering something amazing… There are still ways to get your own heaven back, even just for a little while.
Here are some of my current favorite ways to combat the travel blues. I’m sure this is just scratching the surface, and that every day more options will appear. But I'm sure you can find something here that will help ease your suffering!
The Nomadic Network
This wonderful organization (of which I am Leader of the coolest chapter ever, in Portland, Oregon) was created to bring travelers together in person with other travelers within their home cities. It was launched just a few months ago and quickly established chapters all over the world!
But then, yeah, COVID-19 happened. So now it’s global members can connect online through "virtual meet-ups" with various travel-related topics of discussion. One of my favorites is the upcoming How to travel hack when you can't travel! because I'm a little obsessive about this topic myself.